By Robin Speer and Paige MacPherson
The sun is shining, farmers are seeding, and Albertans are enjoying their first rounds of patio beers.
Meanwhile, the Alberta government is doubling down on its hangover-inducing beer tax-and-subsidy scheme by expanding similar policies to distillers.
The government has hit every link of the beer supply chain with one cost increase or another. Both brewing beer and farming barley in Alberta are more expensive now, thanks to the government’s carbon tax.
Beer prices in your local liquor store are higher because of the government’s enormous, trade-unfriendly beer tax increases. Those taxes, along with so many others, went up last year, increasing the price of some six-packs by about $3.
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